Rush is united by diversity


Since 1897, Rush University Medical Center has welcomed a diverse population of patients, employees and students. Rush College of Medicine was the first in America to graduate an African-American physician.

Since opening our doors in 1837, inclusion has been at the center of all that we do for our patients, our staff and the community we serve. In addition to an illustrous history of medical firsts — including being the first medical college in America to graduate an African-American physician — we have been at the forefront of policies that make a difference in the lives of the people who work here. Today, Rush continues to reflect the diversity of the neighborhoods and populations it serves. At Rush, 72 percent of employees are women, 50 percent are minorities, more than 130 employees are veterans, and 46 percent of Rush residents and fellows are minorities. Within the Rush student body, 46 percent of Rush students are women and 28 percent are minorities.

Rush’s culture of inclusion has also made important strides in the recruitment, retention and promotion of LGBT physicians, educators, researchers and employees across the organization. In 2014, for the sixth consecutive time, Rush was named a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Report. Rush is one of only five hospitals nationwide ranked as a leader for four or more consecutive years.

In addition, the University HealthSystem Consortium continues to award Rush a perfect score in “equity of care,” which measures patient outcomes in relation to gender, race and socioeconomic status. Internally, Rush’s own Diversity Leadership Group makes diversity a key driver within its initiatives in leadership and accountability, employee hiring, retention and promotion, and training and communication.

Rush University Medical Center believes diversity and inclusion are powerful, uniting forces. And no health care organization is more dedicated to demonstrating that among its employees and within its communities.